"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

On Limitations

A hunter in the desert once saw Abba Antony enjoying himself with the brothers, and he was shocked. Wanting to show him that it was necessary sometimes to meet the needs of the brothers, the old man said to the hunter: “Put an arrow in your bow and shoot it.” So he did. The old man then said: “Shoot another arrow.” And he did so. Then the old man said: “Shoot another arrow.” But the hunter replied: “If I bend my bow so much I will break it.” Then Antony said to him: “It is the same with the work of God. If we stretch the brothers beyond their measure, they will soon break. Sometimes it is necessary to come down to meet their needs.”

-from the life of St Anthony the Great

May we treat all in light of their human limitations while constantly exhorting all through the power of the Holy Spirit.


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